Whether you are looking for a church to join, or just visiting, you are welcome to join us at 9am or 11am on Sundays.
We meet in the Aldgate Memorial Hall, which is located near the corner of Kingsland and Fenchurch Roads, see the map below. We’ll have signs out from 8.30am pointing towards the hall. There is a car park next to the hall, with access from Kingsland Road, as well as street parking along Fenchurch Road. The walkway access to the hall from Fenchurch Road is quite steep, so it’s best to use the car park if you have mobility issues. Please be mindful that parked cars on Kingsland Road make pedestrian access difficult, and the shopping centre car park is for customers only.
What to expect
A typical service will begin with a couple of songs and a brief announcement about what’s going on in the life of the church, before the children head out for their programs. We then have a reading from the Bible, followed by a talk which explains the Bible passage, and applies it to our lives today. After the talk, we will have a short time of prayer, followed by a song to finish. Collection bags will be passed around during this final song for our regular members who choose to give in cash, but we certainly don’t expect visitors to give money. There will be a service leader who introduces and explains each part of the service, sort of like an MC.
Our 9am Gathering has a special time of teaching and singing for children at the start of our time together, before they go our to Kids’ Church (from 3 to 12 years of age). There is a creche available for children between 6 months and 3 years old. Our 11am Gathering has Kids’ Church (years 1-5) as well as a separate talk for years 6-8 during the sermon. Apart from this, the two services are the same. We also share the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month, to celebrate the forgiveness that is ours through Jesus’ death and resurrection. A typical Sunday gathering is between 70 and 80 minutes long. Both congregations gather between the services for Morning Tea at 10.20am.
Both services are run for young and old alike. Our music includes a mix of both older hymns and contemporary songs. Casual dress is fine, anyone is welcome and you don’t need to participate in any part of the service you don’t want to. There’s no need to bring anything – you can grab a pen, Bible and service leaflet in the foyer as you come in, which will help you to follow along better.